Work-Study Opportunities

The Bluhm Legal Clinic is hiring eligible 1L and 2L Northwestern Law students for the summer federal work-study program. The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) was established by Congress to help students find employment to meet educational costs while providing work experience related to academic majors and interests. The work done by the Clinic often contributes to reform initiatives arising from representation of individuals and groups.

Interviews for the positions in the Clinic will take place during the month of February. Below is additional information about this Clinic opportunity:

Application packet:
Northwestern Law 1L and 2L students must submit a cover letter (addressed to the professor), resume, unofficial transcript, a writing sample, and your NU student identification number (to verify your eligibility) during the application period.  Students who are applying for FWS must complete both the current year's FAFSA and the upcoming year's FAFSA prior to submitting the application packet to the Clinic. 

Work Study positions are full-time at 37.5 hours a week and receive $16/hour. Overtime is prohibited under the FWS program.

The Clinic Work Study program typically runs for 12 weeks, starting the third week of May and concluding the beginning of August.

Eligibility and Financial Aid:
Work-study opportunities are open to Northwestern Law students who have finished their first year and are currently receiving or eligible to receive a federal loan.  If you are not eligible to apply for a federal loan, you are not eligible for this opportunity.

Eligibility to participate in FWS will be based on the Chicago Office of Financial Aid's review of the current year's FAFSA and the upcoming year's FAFSA.  Federal regulations assume that a portion of awarded work-study funding will be used towards educational expenses in the following academic year.  Receiving work-study funding may impact the amount of loan funding that the Chicago Office of Financial Aid can offer eligible students in the upcoming academic year.  Please contact the Financial Aid office at (312) 503-8722 or for additional information.


2022 Summer Federal Work-Study Opportunities in the Bluhm Legal Clinic

Below is a list of the summer work-study opportunities in the Clinic. Current Northwestern Law students may apply to a maximum of three. If you apply to more than one, you must rank the supervising attorneys in your order of preference. 

Although we cannot guarantee an interview with each of your choices, we will do our best to accommodate all candidates with more than one interviewing opportunity. Your application packet should be e-mailed before 5pm on Monday, February 7, 2022 to the Legal Practice Administrator (

Center on Negotiation and Mediation

  • Daniel Gandert - The first project that the student would look at is fairness issues relating to the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s new Anti-Doping Division.  This division’s rules prevent athletes from being able to appeal cases heard by three arbitrators, while allowing the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) to appeal these cases for a de novo hearing when it is not happy with the outcome. 

    The second project that the student would help with is researching how the Court of Arbitration for Sport case Puerta remains valid case law even under the current World Anti-Doping Code.  This case sets the precedent for allowing athletes to receive penalties less than what is prescribed by the Code when cases where penalties under the Code would bring about a disproportionate outcome, as applied to the athlete. 

    The student would also look at the new 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and compare it with past versions of the code.  The new version came into force on January 1 and depending upon the changes, there may be a project involving an article comparing the code versions.

    Other projects relating to the general subject of sports dispute resolution may come up as well, but these will be the primary projects.


  • Annalise Buth - The work-study student will assist with the Center on Negotiation and Mediation's restorative justice internal and external work. The student will have the opportunity to participate in collaborations with community partners, assess restorative justice partnerships, research restorative justice policies, contribute to curriculum development, and explore future initiatives. The Center will take the student's particular interests and skills into consideration for project selection. 

Children and Family Justice Center

  • Shobha Mahadev - Students enrolled in this work-study position will have the unique opportunity to represent youth and/or individuals who were convicted of crimes occurring in their youth in a wide variety of settings and gain valuable litigation and policy advocacy experience in the process. Students may assist in representing individuals in juvenile or criminal court proceedings, post-conviction matters, clemency proceedings, resentencing proceedings, and/or on appeal. As part of the Children and Family Justice Center’s groundbreaking efforts to end the practice of imposing extreme sentences on youth, students may also work on amicus briefs or represent individuals who were given life or other lengthy sentences for crimes they committed as children or young adults and/or provide research support and expertise to attorneys and advocates around the state and around the country, including drafting model pleadings, analyzing legislation, and/or researching constitutional issues related to sentencing youth. Students can expect to develop many critical skills in this course that will prepare them for the practice of law, which may include interviewing, counseling, investigation, legal research, negotiation, written and oral advocacy, client relations, legislative and policy analysis, and professionalism.
  • Uzoamaka Nzelibe - The summer student will assist in the representation of immigration clients before the Chicago immigration court or the Department of Homeland Security.  Duties will include interviewing clients and witnesses, researching legal issues, conducting factual investigations, drafting pleadings and motions, preparing legal briefs, and representing clients at hearings in immigration court or before DHS.  Please note that second-year law students may represent clients in immigration court. 

Community Justice and Civil Rights Clinic

  • Sheila Bedi - The Community Justice and Civil Rights Clinic works within social justice movements to execute legal and policy strategies aimed at redressing some of the most pressing, urgent issues of our time—namely over-policing and mass imprisonment. Work-study students will have the opportunity to work on litigation, engage in community based fact discovery about police violence, and conduct legal and policy research driven by the needs of Chicago’s Black and Brown communities.

Investor Protector Clinic and Complex Civil Litigation

  • Sam Tenenbaum - Students will be given the opportunity to learn the practical aspects of complex civil litigation. Complex civil litigation will cover the range of lawyering skills, including client relations, drafting of pleadings, the discovery process, depositions, arguing motions in court, bench and jury trials as well as appeals. In addition, students will be exposed to the economic considerations that are involved in the litigation process and will become involved in marketing, fee negotiation and budgeting, as well as related ethical concerns. Students will work on a range of cases, such as civil rights litigation, business disputes, real estate, insurance, product liability, personal injury, shareholder rights litigation and securities litigation.  Students in this course will also work in the Investor Protection Center, which provides representation to investors with limited income and have disputes with stockbrokers, investment advisors, or securities firms. Students will be given the opportunity to learn the practical aspects of securities mediation and arbitration. Students will be responsible for interviewing and counseling clients, explaining the arbitration and mediation process, investigation and selecting potential arbitrators, conducting discovery, negotiating settlements, and participating in arbitration trials and mediations. Finally, students will be exposed to the economic considerations that are involved in securities arbitration. 

Appellate Advocacy Center

  • Xiao Wang - The Appellate Advocacy Center provides unparalleled service to clients appealing their cases in federal appellate courts or the United States Supreme Court.  The student will work closely with a PILI Fellow to assist Center efforts in a number of different areas.  These include:
    • Reviewing and cataloging the Center’s prior casework, to help with marketing and communication efforts for the Center.
    • Conducting legal research and summarizing critical legal issues in the Center’s cases.
    • Monitoring case dockets and opinions from federal appellate courts.
    • Outreach to court officials to discuss potential collaborations and partnerships.

    Given the above responsibilities, strong legal research skills and a familiarity with PACER or Bloomberg is highly recommended. 


Revised 1/24/2022